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Pedestrian safety stressed at Kings Bay

Čtvrtek, Květen 3rd, 2012

Whether jogging, walking or bicycle riding keep safety in the front of your minds.

Per OPNAVINST 5100.12H, certain guidelines must be followed to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

Jogging and walking should be done on sidewalks and bicycle riding on bicycle paths to the greatest extent possible. Pedestrians and bicyclists should always be aware of auto traffic.

During times of restricted visibility, such as darkness, fog, or heavy rain, all efforts must be made to become more visible by wearing light-colored clothing, reflective vests and other bright or lighted items. The use of flashlights can help individuals be more visible.

Bicycles used between sunset and sunrise must be equipped with a lamp on front which has a white light visible for 500 feet to the front, and a red reflector visable 600 feet to the rear. The light may be a blinking or steady light.

While bicycling, all personnel shall wear helmets approved by the Consumer Safety Product Commission, ANSI and Snell while riding anywhere on base.

Only workers operating bicycles in industrial areas that require the use of ANSI approved helmets for protection from falling and flying objects are allowed to use hard hats, with chin straps, instead of bicycle helmets.

Wearing of portable headphones, earphones or other listening devices while jogging, walking, bicycling or skating on roads and streets on Naval installations is prohibited. A road is defined as that part of a traffic way which includes both the roadway and any shoulder alongside the roadway. These items may be used on bicycle paths as long as they are removed when crossing roads and streets.

When operating a privately owned vehicle, it is your responsibility to be mindful of pedestrians. You should approach crosswalks with caution.

Remember pedestrians have the right of way while crossing the street. Yield to pedestrians.

“For most uses,” Corcoran adds, “having a general purpose, emergency flashlight, ready in a drawer at home or in your car, 50 to 80 lumens is adequate. With a focusing flashlight — going from spot to floodlight — then more lumens will provide a much better beam, with what we call spill which allows you to see well around the periphery of the centrally illuminated area.”

There are more flashlight manufacturer today — both foreign and U.S. based — than ever before, making selection a bit complicated, because of newer LED’s and quantum leaps in light transmission optics.

Coast packages their flashlights in a way that permits testing, right in the store — a definite advantage. We like their PX-45, which goes for around $45. It is very bright, has a twist focus, and runs for seven hours on three AAA batteries.

The Rarest, Riskiest Elements We Use Every Day

Čtvrtek, Září 15th, 2011

Most of our modern technology is powered by a few very rare elements. Most of those elements aren’t found in the United States. Until we find new solutions, we’re at the mercy of other countries.

As technology becomes more advanced–largely in the electronics industry, but elsewhere as well–so does our reliance on certain chemical elements. Some of these elements, such as the rare earth metals found in many advanced electronics, are known for being short in supply and concentrated in politically fraught areas. But there are others that are also at risk for supply chain disruption. And if that happens, our economy and lifestyle may be threatened.

Minerals UK revealed this week its Risk List 2011, a supply risk index for some of the most important elements. The organization ranked the chemical elements based on their availability in the Earth’s crust, the location of reserves and production sites, and the political stability in those areas. Unsurprisingly, China extracts over 50% of all the elements on the list. So what are the elements that are most at risk for disruption?

Number one on the list is antimony, which is commonly used as a fire retardant and more recently has been found in microelectronics. Following close behind are the platinum group elements (often used in the electronics industry), mercury (CFL bulbs, anyone?), and tungsten (used in X-ray tubes, superalloys, and incandescent light bulbs). Coal, on the other hand, doesn’t pose much of a supply chain risk disruption; it has a risk of just 4.5 out of 10.

It’s not exactly comforting to think that easy access to, say, efficient lightbulbs or electric vehicle components is dependent on the whims of China. But unless we work on creating better electronics recycling programs and developing affordable replacements for these elements–and some companies are–we will remain at the mercy of any number of supply chain threats.

Scuba diving attracts seekers of adventure

Pondělí, Srpen 15th, 2011

Hyde Park resident James Curran was introduced to scuba diving through an invitation to join a planned diving trip to the Maldives, near India.

He enthusiastically made the investment to buy his own equipment right away, partly to increase his commitment.

“Some people thought it was weird that a totally inexperienced person like me would spend all this money — what if I hated it?” he said.

Luckily, he fell in love with the sport. In less than three years, he has already logged 167 dives. Other destinations have included Belize, Aruba, the Florida Keys and Turks and Caicos.

This much activity is impressive for anyone, but take note: Curran took his first dive at age 60.

“People used to think of scuba as an extreme sport, but now it’s a mainstream, lifelong sport that we can do well into the retirement years,” said Andy Viviano, owner of Marsh Scuba, a City of Poughkeepsie dive shop and training center.

Tony Olheiser, owner of Dutchess Diving Center, another full-service Poughkeepsie dive shop, said diving is for people who want experiences, not just entertainment. “Perhaps they are inspired by shows on nature channels, but divers are people who are not looking to just take class; they want to experience the underwater world.

Diving gives the opportunity to travel through the world and see fantastic sights and have more fantastic experiences than you can imagine — better than anything you can see on the tube,” Olheiser said.

Also, one does not need to be an athlete to participate.

Town of Poughkeepsie resident Patty Mensler, 52, is a student and customer of Marsh Scuba. She has been trained in basic and advanced open-water LED diving flashlingt, underwater sign language, wreck diving and advanced buoyancy, among other skills. Mensler describes herself as being not a strong swimmer, which may surprise those who think swimming skills are required for divers.